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  1. Solar Impulse 2 Touches Down In California After 62 Hours Of Flight Time

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    Solar Impulse

    Solar Impulse

    Solar Impulse 2 pilot Bertrand Piccard took the skies from from Hawaii at 6:30am this past Thursday, and after 62 hours in the air, touched down at Moffett Airfield, California.

    For the first time in 9 months, the Solar Impulse 2 is back on track in its effort to circumnavigate the Earth, after being grounded shortly after completing its trip from Japan to Hawaii.

    Next leg up is California to New York, a journey that pilot Andre Borschberg will take on.

    Stay tuned for updates regarding the Solar Impulse 2 and as the incredible adventure continues.

  2. Solar-Powered Plane Ready To Circumnavigate The Globe!

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    REUTERS

    A solar-powered plane, called the Solar Impulse 2, recently completed its first test flight ahead of attempting to circumnavigate the globe in 2015.

    The plane reached 6,000 feet and successfully flew for 2 hours, conducting a series of maneuvers to make sure the handling of the aircraft is absolutely perfect.

    Incredibly, the Solar Impulse 2 has a larger wingspan than a Boeing 747, with the tops of the wings featuring 17,000 solar cells driving four brushless electric motors at speeds upwards of 90 miles per hour.

    These same solar cells are responsible for recharging the plane’s lithium batteries during the day for powering the plane through the night.